Does anyone have any stories or advice to share on coping with the diagnosis, and how to overcome feelings of helplessness and lack of control?
I was diagnosed in July 2010, and thought I was doing OK with everything. Since onset, I haven't have many symptoms and have resumed life as normal other than having to do my injection every other day.
however, I've recently come to terms that I haven't been as happy as I was before I got diagnosed. I put on a great act and all, but as my husband put it, it's like there is an asterisk next to everything...I have MS. It's always in the back of my mind as something to worry or think about, even though really, I shouldn't. I am taking better care of myself than ever before, my symptoms are gone, and the shots are a minor nuisance, like shaving. I feel grateful that I can even get the shots at all!
But, as a control freak who doesn't do well with uncertainty, this is hard on me and I haven't fully come to terms with the diagnosis. I've projected these feelings into other areas of my life and am desperately overcompensating by gripping the reins tighter in any area of my future that I can.
I want to be able to roll with the punches, as it would help in lots of other areas of life too! I don't want to be depressed or focused the "what ifs" of MS. How do I move past this?
And yes, I am seeing a therapist, but would love to hear first-hand advice as well as hers. Thanks in advance...